Contract option declined Dec. 1, 2020
Najar returns to MLS after spending the last eight seasons with Anderlecht in Belgium. He originally was a Homegrown signing for D.C. United and after impressing over three seasons, the Honduran moved to Belgium. He had plenty of success at the Belgian giants but also had to deal with plenty of setbacks due to injuries. He returns to MLS looking to carve out a starting role on the right side of the LAFC starting XI.
INTERNATIONAL: The 5-foot-7 defender made his senior team debut with Honduras during a 2-0 friendly loss against Colombia on September 4, 2011. His first international goal came in the Quarterfinals of the 2013 Gold Cup – a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica. In 2014, Najar would also make the 23-man FIFA World Cup roster, appearing in two group stage matches in Brazil. In all, he has four goals in 36 appearances for the senior national team.
OUTSIDE MLS: After three years with D.C. United, Najar would be transferred to RSC Anderlecht, becoming Major League Soccer’s first-ever Homegrown player to permanently join a European side. In his first season at Anderlecht, Najar helped the team to its 33rd league title, while registering three goals and three assists across all competitions. At Anderlecht, Najar scored a total of 14 goals and added 16 assists in 164 matches, including seven UEFA Champions League contests and 20 Europa League games. While in Belgium, Najar won two league titles and the Belgian Super Cup three times.
NOTES: 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year.